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Old 10-29-2004, 09:08 AM   #1
 
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Thinking of getting a Grain Mill, anybody have one?

I figure if I am going to do a lot of baking, I want to grind my own flour.

Now, I have a Kitchenaid grain mill attachment, but it does not get the flour ground finely enough for pastry.

What mill would you guys suggest for the finely ground flour I would need for pastry?

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Old 10-29-2004, 11:12 AM   #2
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I don't have a mill, choclatechef, but I have a Vita-Mix that I've used often (years ago) to grind wheat into flour. It works exceptionally well, but I'm sure others will have some actual advice for you insofar as mills are concerned!
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Old 10-29-2004, 01:03 PM   #3
 
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Thanks Audeo. I have a Vita Mix 4000, but I want a finer grind -- pastry flour.


Anybody else have a suggestion as far as brand?
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Old 10-29-2004, 02:03 PM   #4
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CC - go to google and do a search on "pastry grain mill" and enjoy exploring the results. :twisted:

I'll get you started with one: http://www.fernsnutrition.com/hmgm.html

I would love to get the grain mill attachment for my KA - but I just haven't been able to convince myself it would ever pay for itself in my lifetime - especially since living in an apartment I don't have the space to store 50-lb sacks of grain.
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Thanks Mike! :D
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Old 10-29-2004, 04:05 PM   #6
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I did a little research and found the whisper mill to be one of the favorites.

It's certainly not quiet, but from what I hear, grain mills can get very loud. The whisper mill is supposed to produce a very fine consistent grind as well.
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Old 10-29-2004, 04:30 PM   #7
 
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Thanks Scott!
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Old 10-29-2004, 04:46 PM   #8
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hi chocolatechef -

First - I have no experience with electric grain mills (tho I do use the KA grain mill attachment), however...

about 6 months ago when I did some serious 'net research on this very topic, I ended up liking the Grain Master Whisper Mill the best and after that the Nutrimill - both are electric and get good evaluations - the Whisper Mill is significantly more affordable but the Nutrimill has more flexibility and higher capacity (if money is no object :? )

I unfortunately deleted all the URL-s when I decided that something like this was definitely out of my price range, but here's a quick comparison chart to get you started http://www.nutritionlifestyles.com/g...comparison.htm

If you do purchase, let us know what you chose and your feelings about it - I, for one, would be very interested.

Best of luck
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Thanks much! If I get one, I will report back on it.
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Old 10-29-2004, 08:51 PM   #10
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Choclatechef...unfortuneately I cannot advise you on any specific grain mills to buy....however another thought for you is on the edge of our city we have an old fashioned grain mill that sells all different types and grinds of flour. Just a thought for you if you decide that you wouldn't use a grain mill enough to buy one. Good luck in your search and keep us posted.
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